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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Sundays Sweets: Tim Burton Treats!

Is there any time of the year more suited to Tim Burton cakes?


So here are my new favorites inspired by some of Burton's spookier films.



(By Sarah Olmsted)

We're starting off with a bang and a scream, because LOOK AT THIS CAKE. The sandworms! The waiting room! And the top with the model set's grave scene? Perfection.

It took me a good 15 seconds to find Beetlejuice, btw. See him? NO HINTS!



Corpse Bride:

(By Cake Central user lamiatorte)

1) I can't believe this is cake.
2) Emily looks dead sexy.

See what I did there?



Alice in Wonderland:

(By Silovoguo for the Cake Design Italian Festival)

All the other Alice cakes can just pack up, you guys. WE'RE DONE HERE.

(Sooo many stunning details, but look at the stack of floating teacups! That and the painted roses are my favorite bits. Plus Cheshire's eyes.)



(By Sara Giustizieri)

Excellent hand painting and figure sculpts so spot-on they could be collectible figures.


And everyone's favorite:

The Nightmare Before Christmas:

(By Dina Cimarusti Cakes)


This one has it all: the swirls, the bathtub, Oogie Boogie - I even see Zero!

(By Pucky Cakes)

Love that Sally gets her own cake here - and what IS that adorable bat/cat creature she's holding?
'Cuz I want one.


There are tons of Jack & Sally wedding cakes out there, but these two in particular caught my eye:

(By That Baking Girl)

The chalkboard tier has the famous "meant to be" quote from the movie. I love the swirly roses, and those colors! Plus the window frame topper is a genius design.


(By Splendor Cakes)

I really fell for the contrast on this one: that vivid pink and orange and lace topper with the dark sepia tones on the bottom is just... WORKING. You know? And I love the hand painted art of Jack and Sally in Dia de los Muertos face paint - a fun twist which helps explain the brighter colors.


And now, a few Sweets that bring all kinds of Burton characters together:

(Also by Sara Giustizieri)

Edward! Yay! Plus those vivid jewel tones look amazing behind all the figure sculpts.


And finally:

(By Queen City Bake Shop)

How cool is this?! The TV sets alone would make this a masterpiece, but then there are scenes from Nightmare, Frankenweenie, and Alice inside them!

And, you guys, they even light up:


Ahhh- mazing.


Happy Sunday, everyone! Now, who wants to go watch some movies?


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Reader Comments (15)

OMG talk about talent

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I think my favorite cake here is the one of Jack and Sally by Splendor Sweets; I love how delicate it is with the pink and orange~

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLu

HI there,

The first one is by Sarah Olmsted. Her cake along with April Julien's cakes were part of a cake competition I host at my shop. They both placed VERY well in their divisions :)

And the competition supported Icing Smiles Canada.

Chrissie Boon
Icing Inspiraitons

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChrissie

Wow! I want ALL the sculpted figures as collectibles! I think the last one is my favorite because television. Also, because engineering. How did they balance three heavy cakes on those four spindly console legs and how did they keep the top parts of the cakes from collapsing into the dioramas? (Fleas from Theardare to the first person who bursts my bubble and tells me it's decorated styrofoam.)

On a related note, if you're looking for a chuckle related to the "pun-dead," I would like to suggest yesterday's Tundra comic strip. I saw it and exclaimed out loud (the dog was there so it doesn't count as talking to myself!), "Jen and John would love this!" I hope I'm right. :)

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZippy

A: Wow. Wow to all. Just missing something fun from Big Fish for me!

B: There is an 's' missing on the end of the subtitle of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. Just so you know :)

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

That Alice in Wonderland cake by Cake Design is the most amazing cake I've ever seen. Wow! That must have taken a lot of time to put in all that detail. I'll bet it didn't come cheap.

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't want to show my ignorance, but who is the raven-haired lady on the top of the second to last cake? Is she Victoria from "Corpse Bride"?

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMolls

They're so beautiful I just CAN'T EVEN right now. Now I'm almost wishing that Hubbs and I had gone for a Nightmare Before Christmas wedding cake instead of cupcakes with Pokemon cake toppers. God, that cake up there is so great that I'm literally regretting our Pokemon cake. What have you done to me?

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaty Bug

Oooh. Ahhhh. WOWSERS. You just put the frosting on my Sunday. Thank you.

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDelaine Zody

I LOVE that Alice in Wonderland cake! Just amazing!!

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

By far my most favoritest Sunday Sweets ever. And that includes the Princess Bride ones, so that's saying something. Well done bakers!

October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Anyone else have "This is Halloween" running through their head?

October 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer D

The Beetlejuice cake is giving me LIFE!



October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

The cakes are *awesome*; they make me wish I had seen "The Corpse Bride" or "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (sshh, don't tell!!). My favorite picture, however, is the Alice in Wonderland cake, because there is someone squatting in the background. I can't tell whether the person is engaged in working on another pastry, or is photobombing, but, either way, it's perfect for a Tim Burton day.

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

The last cake - the tower of televisions - is the most amazing construction I've ever seen here, or anywhere else for that matter. What a triumph! This is definitely one I'd encase in poly urethane and save it forever. Sorry, folks, no cake today, it's too beautiful to cut. Ahhhhh.

October 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

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